WHITE HOUSE MOVING FORWARD TOWARD ENDING STAGE II VAPOR RECOVERY
On May 26, the Obama administration released hundreds of changes to rules
that could potentially help businesses save time and money. One of the rules
expected to be changed has to do with ending the requirement for Stage II
vapor recovery controls at many of the nation's service stations.
Clean Air Act empowers the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal
Stage II vapor recovery once on-board vapor recovery systems installed on
vehicles reach "widespread use." On March 29, EPA submitted a proposed
definition of widespread use to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Last Thursday's announcement by OMB Director Jack Lew indicates that the
White House will move forward with the issuance of a rule to define
widespread use, thus clearing the way for ending Stage II vapor recovery
controls. While we are now confident that a definition of widespread use
will be proposed by EPA, how the term is defined―in our
opinion, there are at least four viable options―and
when it would take effect, remain uncertain.
Lew predicted that the removal of Stage II vapor recovery will save
gasoline retailers $67 million per year. There was no mention of the cost
involved in decommissioning Stage II systems. PEI's
for Installation and Testing of Vapor-Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling
Sites (PEI/RP300-09) contains detailed information on decommissioning
Stage II vapor-recovery equipment and piping.
SIX CHARLES D. KEMP SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS NAMED
The PEI Foundation's scholarship selection committee has selected six
entering college freshmen to receive Charles D. Kemp scholarships.
Recipients of the $1,000 scholarships are:
- Eamon Paton, son of Carol C. Paton, Susser Holdings, LLC, Corpus
- Andrew Joseph Patterson, son of Thomas A. Patterson, Charles E. Thomas
Co., Gardena, CA.
- Nicholas Pierce, son of Cary Pierce, Great Plains Industries, Wichita,
- Mackenzie Schuler, daughter of David Schuler, Northwest Pump and
Equipment, Portland, OR.
- Chyna Simms, daughter of Brad Simms, Unified Contracting Services, Des
- Patricia Watkins, daughter of Robert H. Watkins, Baird Petroleum
Equipment LLC, Richmond, VA.
PEI BOARD ELECTION DEADLINE
It is time to begin the process of electing members to the PEI Board of
Directors. Under PEI's election procedure, the official representative or a
duly appointed alternate must request to have his/her name included on the
ballot. A form for that purpose was sent May 26 to the official
representatives of PEI member companies from the odd-numbered districts of
PEI's distributor and manufacturer divisions and PEI's service and
construction division. The form must be received in Tulsa by the close of
business on Monday, June 6, for the name to appear on the ballot. If you
have misplaced your form and need another one, email Micah Marquette at
DEF AND E85
Pilot Travel Centers is expected to increase the number of lanes where
truckers can obtain diesel exhaust fluid at its Pilot and Flying J locations
from 68 to around 1,000 by October 2011, according to Christopher Goodfellow
of discoverdef.com. Over that time, the number of truck stops dispensing DEF
in bulk will increase from 68 to over 180, writes Goodfellow.
Sales of E85 by Iowa gasoline retailers reached 2,645,038 gallons during
the first three months of 2011. Compared with the first quarter of 2010, E85
sales were up 64 percent in 2011.―Iowa Department of
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING: WHERE DO THE PEI GUYS FIT
"Electric car buyers aren't yet sold on the need for home charging
systems. The high-voltage devices can juice up an electric vehicle in about
half the time as a regular 110-volt outlet. But even keen EVers see them
just as pricey accessories, since an overnight charge from a 110V outlet
yields about 50 miles of driving range.
"But odds are demand for chargers will build, once
EV sales perk up a bit and as buyers come to see fast charging as a way to
exploit gains in battery capacity.
"Chargers offer a future opportunity for savvy
retailers. As their prices fall, the systems could be well suited for major
electronics chains and big-box stores, since shoppers already trust them
when purchasing most of their home appliances."―The Kiplinger Letter,
May 20, 2011.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
"I support the subsidy of ethanol. I believe
ethanol is an important part of our energy solution in this country."―Mitt
Romney, former governor from Massachusetts, while campaigning in Iowa.
"The truth about federal energy subsidies, including federal
subsidies for ethanol, is they have to be phased out. We need to do it
gradually. We need to do it fairly. But we need to do it."―Tim Pawlenty,
former governor from Minnesota, while campaigning in Iowa.
PEI MEMBER NOTES
OPW Fuel Management Systems, a business unit of OPW Fueling
Components, has named Joe Dowling as engineering manager, product
development. OPW Fuel Management Systems is celebrating its 50th year in
the fuel controls industry.
Jones & Frank has relocated its Philadelphia branch office to a new
and larger facility in northeast Philadelphia: 12301 McNulty Road, Unit F,
Philadelphia, PA 19154. Phone: (215) 613-5705. Fax: (215) 613-5708.
Tank monitoring system manufacturer. TankScan, 4240 Lake Ridge Drive,
Big Lake, Minnesota 55309, has applied for manufacturer division
membership. Mike Murray is sales manager for the firm, which was established
in 1956. TankScan manufactures tank monitoring systems which are sold
through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Scott Olson,
NorthIndMN, Big Lake, MN. www.tankscan.com
Bollard and bollard cover manufacturer. Encore Commercial Products
dba Post Guard, 24370 Northwestern Highway, Suite 250, Southfield, Michigan
48075, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Bruce Liebowitz is
president of the firm, which was established in 2002. The company
manufactures bollards and bollard covers for the petroleum industry and
other customers. The products are sold through distributors. Sponsored for
PEI membership by David Curlee, ExcelEqp, Greenwood, IN.
Specialty chemical manufacturer. Sartomer USA LLC, 502 Thomas Jones
Way, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Jim Zawicki is manager marketing communications for the company,
which was established in 1956. Sartomer manufactures a product that detects
water bottoms in storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Timothy K.
Woofter, Stanwade, Hartford, OH.
California installation and maintenance company. IDECO Inc., 431 West
Blueridge Avenue, Orange, California 92865, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Dave Amheiter is president of the company,
which was established in 1990. The company installs, repairs and maintains
fueling systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Robert Wallace, IDECONV,
Iowa service and maintenance firm. Barker Lemar Petroleum Services,
1801 Industrial Circle, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265, has applied for service
and construction division membership. Craig Morrison is the primary contact
for the firm, which was established in 2008. The company services and
maintains pump and dispensers; repairs, maintains and tests ATGs; and
provides third-party compliance inspections. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Doc Boehme, BottomLine, Osakis, MN.
New Hampshire service company. Petroleum Equipment Service of New
Hampshire, 862 South Porter Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03103, has
applied for service and construction division membership. Ken Tucker is a
lead technician for the firm, which was established in 2006. The company
provides service in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, focusing on
retail petroleum stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bill Reichhold,
Wayne, Austin, TX. www.pesnh.com